Faithful love

Author: Hanna and Xavier Bordas

Marital love is the greatest treasure of every family and as any treasure it must be guarded well. The first guardian of marital love is fidelity. For this reason the first words of the marriage vows speak of the fidelity of the spouses to each other.

To grow within it, we need a model of this attitude. For spouses, the best example of respect for this spiritual value is offered by St. Joseph and the Virgin Mary. The Virgin Mary’s fiat, which paved the way for the incarnation of the Son of God, was a fruit of her fidelity to God from early childhood. Owing to her fidelity, she remained staunchly faithful in every situation, including the ordeal testing her faith when she stood as the Mother of Sorrows under Jesus’ cross, faithfully accompanying her dying Son. When she heard from Jesus’ mouth the words: “Woman, here is your son” (John 19:26), she took them to her heart. The Virgin Mary, by virtue of her fidelity, became a guarantor of our salvation. St. Joseph, the most righteous of all husbands, even in the most difficult situation for every man – when he learned of the pregnancy of his future wife before the wedding – stayed faithful to the love he promised Mary: “When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly (Matt 1:18-19). St. Joseph by virtue of his fidelity was able to be submissive and obedient when the angel of the Lord told him to take Mary as his wife.

 

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